June 16th to July 3rd
Third Annual Bishop's and Champlain Student show
The historical exhibition documents the evolution of Rock Island over the last 130 years.
The student exhibition features work from Faustine Gruninger, Cécilia Alain, Jasmine Brien, Rébéka Hudon, Isadora Alcindor-Limoges, Tosha Callaway, and Diana Callaway.
July 7th to 24th
Flashes of Light
oil and watercolour painting
Alexandra’s new collection is inspired by her observation of nature in the countryside near her home in the Eastern Townships. While most of the watercolours and inks are painted “en plein air” during the warmer days, the oil paintings are worked on in her Montreal studio during the cooler seasons.
As with much work that explores “place” as a theme, emotions run deep in these paintings. The artist paints nature to bring out its silent, unspoken language,a language“resonant in our own being.” This is particularly evident in the light the artist captures, as she vigorously renders the almost musical play of light and shadow, be it from deep within a forest, a pond under noon day sun, or storm clouds over the lake. Alexandra’s work moves easily back and forth between figurative and abstract;what is consistent is her distinctive,dynamic mark-making, colours and textures.
Sacred Journey of the Heart
A second-generation Canadian with heritage from England,Scotland and Ireland, Kim's connection to the British Isles has always been very present and alive. She has traveled to the UK and Ireland many times, visiting over 30 stone circles, sacred sites and neolithic structures. During a trip to Wales in 2005, she had a mystical experience that instigated the creation of the Stanstead Stone Circle four years later. Kim’s collection Sacred Journey of the Heart are photos from her most recent trip in 2021.
July 28th to August 14th
Beyond the landscape
& Agnes McKenna Power
Seeking to give a voice to the rivers, lakes, forests, and meadows and their inhabitants, Dominique’s concern is that landscape painting over the centuries to the present day have been largely visual, focusing very much on the view and in so doing, we have lost a physical connection, understanding, and respect for the land and all its living creatures. In exploring this gap between representation and responsibility, her goal is to show the natural world not as a picturesque landscape but, also through beauty, in a way that asks us to question what is going on ‘behind’ what we see. Using materials found in nature such as mineral pigments for watercolour, handmade paper from cotton rags and encaustic (beeswax and tree resin), her mixed media paintings inspire us to see beyond the visual and to “try to ignite in the viewer a desire tore-enchant the natural world with which we interact,” thereby deepening our respect and care for it.
Born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Aija Komangapik’s simultaneous solo exhibition also seeks to “play [with our] perspectives on environmentalism and culture.”
Being her first gallery show, “Eskimo Playtime” includes digital art, painting, sculpture, and installations, all which “explore Inuk life through childish-seeming media to soften and challenge people’s preconceived notions of ‘the Eskimo’”.
Despite her young age, Aija is no stranger to the arts and has been nationally recognized numerous times for her work. In 2019, she won the Indigenous Arts and Stories contest from
Historica Canada for her piece ‘Drum Dancer’, a digital image that showcases her passion for representing traditional Inuit images in modern and innovative media. At the Forgeron, Aija’s work includes a life-sized, six-foot tall sculpture with over 1,200 recycled bottle caps woven in to represent a stretched seal skin, illustrating the beautiful harmony between play and tradition in Inuit culture.
Fish, a beaver, a skunk and a six-foot high turkey vulture are some of the eye-catching paper mâché sculptures on display by Agnes McKenna Power that honour the local wildlife around us, a“celebration of where we are and the animals that are with us.” A printmaker and painter as well, her love for and deep connection to the land of the Township’s is reflected in all her work. “It is a challenge when starting with paper mâché. To create something very detailed and refined is a long process,” says Agnes. “You really have to look at skeletons and anatomy, moving parts.” Not only does she find this fun, it is also educational and a beautiful homage to the creatures we share the land with.